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BFP over 40

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Finally BFP

Hello everyone, here's my story; Me: 40 perfect with No problems, fsh: 7 DH: 49 MFI, severe morphology problems, count not that bad. Ivf#1 14 follies, 14 eggs, 12 fetilized, 2 embies 3dt BFN, No frosties Ivf#2 14 follies, 16 eggs, 14 fertilized, 2 of 5 day blasts transferred. BFP! BHCG 267. Termination at 20 weeks due to chromosomal abnormality which happens 1/50000 ! Devastated. Ivf#3 11 follies, 6 mature :( 5 fertilized. 2 embies transferred at day 4. BFN :( No frosties. Ivf#4 11 follies, 11 mature, 11 fertilized ( excellent quality eggs with dhea, coq10, vitD) 2 blasts transferred at day 5 . BFN . 4 blasts frozen :) HSG No problems. FET #1 all embies survived thaw, 2 blasts transferred. BFP with FMU at 6dp5dt, bHCG number at 9dp5dt is 323 yayyy. Next beta is in 2 days. Symptoms: I am an experienced ivf er here, so I know most of the symptoms are because of ER, stimulation and progesterone. I had far more symptoms in my BFN cycles. Only difference were; severe headache, burning sensation at inguinal area, cold symptoms. I had occasional cramps. Good luck to everyone out there, you're in my prayers and never loose hope...
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My BFP Story @ 40

Hi, I have beden married late in life and started ttc at 39. Me 40 years no problems but age. Fsh 7.2 DH 49 low morphology, excellent health, has a son from previous marriage with IUI (10 years ago) Ivf #1 14 eggs 13 fertilized, 3dt of 2 embrios, bfn no frozen Ivf #2. 16 eggs 14 fertilized , 5dt of 2 embrios , BFP ! Termination at 20 weeks due to chromosomal anormality. Happens 1 in 50 000! Devastated :( Ivf #3 6 eggs ( wwhattt????) 4dt of 2 embrios BFN :( Ivf #4 11 eggs, 11 fertilized ( 3 months of 75mg dhea, coq10, vitD) 5dt 2 embrios, BFN :( 4 blasts frozen :) HSG everything normal FET #1 all blasts survived, 5dt of 2 blasts. BFP at Hpt fmu at 6dp5dt. 9dp5dt bHCG 323!! We are so happy ! Symptoms; experienced IVF'er here. I know now most of the symptoms are from ER, stimulation and progesterone as I had far less symptoms at FET cycle. Some of my symptoms were: severe headache, warm feeling, eye twitching (strange) and AF cramping that comes and goes. Oh and most important I had a burning sensation at inguinal area firts few days post transfer. I hope this one (or two !) is a healty baby/ are healthy babies :) Good luck everybody please do not loose hope :)

BFP 20 DPO - Unusual "Symptoms" Didn't Think I Was!!

Hi ladies - I wanted to post because I didn't seem to fall into any of the categories of normal symptoms and I KNOW alot of us lose faith so here's my story: The first week and a half after ovulation I felt NOTHING - no cramps or boob pain or anything. I thought this was a bit odd but I was trying not to symptom spot lol. Then around 11-12dpo started getting mild cramps which felt exactly like AF. I thought I was out for sure. Only thing off was lower back pain which I don't usually get with my period. I also felt nausea after eating in the morning on days 11 12 and 13dpo but I get this with AF. Tested negative on Sunday and wasn't surprised. Period was due Wednesday and by Sunday I was DRY below and cervix low and hard so I was super sure I was out. But I tested again on Tuesday and again a negative. I then just decided to wait for AF but by Friday morning still nothing? Now two days late, no CM no sore boobs no nausea only slight cramps and again the back pain. So I tested and there it was - my VERY faint line!!!! I had this happen with my last pg - took a bit for a strong pg test but usually by the day AF is due I get one so this was strange for me :) I'm still not 100% sold until I get a digital test that says you're pregnant lol. I still have a hard cervix and it goes up and down in a day - but does feel pretty closed. And still not much CM almost dry like before AF. No sore boobs, and I don't temp so can't answer that. I use an ovu kit and took evening primrose and robitussin which has worked for me in the past too :) I'm still having light mild cramping which is very normal - some More specific sharper pains on left side around that ovary so baby may be burrowing in there :) Anyways keep the faith because I didn't fit any categories at all and in my opinion you are never EVER out until AF shows!! Good luck everyone!!!
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BFP After 6 IUIs, at 40!

I love this site and was always checking it out for inspiration. Hopefully, you see something in my story to help you with your journey. I have no fertility issues, except I married a woman and our sperm needs to be purchased :) And I started this process at 39, now 40. My first 4 cycles were with Clomid days 3-7 and an Ovidrel trigger shot prior to the IUI. I usually had one, maybe two mature follicles anywhere from 16-26mm each cycle. The second cycle resulted in a chemical pregnancy and a cyst that required us sitting out until it resolved on its own. So, after 4 iui cycles and a discussion with our Dr, we decided to get more aggressive and move to injectibles and back-to-back iuis. The Clomid was giving me some nasty headaches and I don't think it was helping my lining either (always around 5-6mm). Cycle 5, I started Bravelle injections (75 units, which is one dose) days 3-8, then Ovidrel trigger, then back-to-back IUIs (24, 36 hrs after trigger). One follice at 22mm, lining around 8! But, no dice. Went right into the next month with the same plan, but upped the Bravelle to 150. This was going to be #6, our last shot! Bravelle 150 injections days 3-8, Ovidrel trigger day 9, back-to-back IUIs (16 hrs and 40 hrs after trigger). One lonely follicle measuring 18 at two days before the IUI, and my lining was over 9. It only takes one, right? I was trying to chill out this cycle and relax. I was preoccupied most of the time and I rather casually decided to poas the evening of the 9th DPO. It was a light positive. It really threw us for a loop, but we stayed pretty calm about a light positive. It was early. Of course, I didn't test the trigger out this time, but it's usually gone by dpo6. We also had that chemical pregnancy and knew if the line doesn't get darker, it might be an uphill battle. So I kept poas every day :) The line got darker around 12dpo, so then, on 13dpo, we got the digital positive! My beta number at 17dpiui was 500. This was it. At 6 weeks, we saw the heartbeat:) No symptoms during the two week wait with one exception. My boobs were SORE and swollen at the end of the first week. Never had that before. The only thing I did differently was to relax. I know, everyone says this, and it sucks because when you tell someone to relax, it is akin to saying "don't remember the number 116." The only thing you can think about now is '116.' But, I just lived my life during the 2ww. I had a couple glasses of wine (not all at once, I wasn't crazy:) and after the positive at 9dpo, NO booze), I stayed up late, and I didn't read the internet about the 2ww:) Honestly, there was nothing left for me to read. After 6 iuis and almost a year of trying, I found the end of the internet. Live your life through this process to the best of your abilities and have a plan if things don't work out. Having that conversation with your spouse early and in-depth was the best advice I was given. It helped me to really chill out the last two cycles because my wife and I sat down and discussed our course of action for our entire family plan, to include how many IUIs I would do, if IVF was a consideration for me, when she would try (the benefit of having another uterus in the family), etc. Having that in-depth conversation put my mind at ease for the rest of the process because I knew if this stage didn't work out, we were already in agreement with what was next. Good luck everyone!
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Tubal Reversal BFP!!!!!

By the Grace of God!!!

I am 42 and have been trying to conceive #8 for 9 months. Last night I was brushing my teeth and my gums hurt. I thought "hmmm, this is new" so I tested this morning. I think I am about 10 dpo but not sure as we had actually quit trying. We only BD'd once this cycle so far (I have 7 children, homeschool, and have 4 playing baseball. My husband is coaching one of the teams. We're busy. And old. And tired.) With every pregnancy, I have had only one symptom that stands out and it has been different every time. My recipe: Get really mad about constant BFNs and throw away all the supplements, go online and buy hundreds of dollars worth of new clothes (not maternity!) and thank God for the many blessings He has given you. Truly Praising God for His grace and mercy.

40 Years Old and 2nd BFP in 9 Months...

So here’s my story. I hope it can give some ladies hope, hope that I needed many times over this trying to conceive journey! I was pretty iffy about having children, but when I was getting close to 40, I thought “why not?” So we started trying (I wanted to wait to try until after my 40th *surprise* birthday party). I got pregnant the first month. I was really shocked that it happened so quickly because they say it can take up to a year for a couple to get pregnant, right? I guess the fact that I had never been on any sort of birth control probably helped. Anyways, had my 6 week appt, saw and heard the heartbeat, everything was fine. However, my dr did say “I would still wait until first tri is over to spread the news”. Of course, I agreed, that is what my husband and I had decided. Fast forward 3 ½ weeks and I had a missed miscarriage. Meaning, my angel’s heart had stopped growing at a certain point, probably at least a couple of weeks, before I started cramping and bleeding at 9 ½ weeks, which was my clue that something was wrong. To this day, I wonder if my dr saw something that she didn’t like at the first appt, or if the heart beat was low (I never asked her what the hb was) or if she was just being cautious because of my advanced maternal age. I was devastated and thought it was such a cruel joke-to get pregnant so quickly, yet have it snatched out of my hands just as quickly. Why?? I asked God that many times… I got my period 30 days after my miscarriage, and it got right back to normal, except that I had dark brown spotting during my luteal phase. I am positive I had NEVER experienced this before. After I did more research, I was convinced that I was low in progesterone. And it’s very difficult to get pregnant when you are low in progesterone. But my dr. didn’t think that I was low in progesterone. To help my egg quality, in January I started taking the following supplements: COQ10, Vitamin D with fish oil, vitamin B6, royal jelly, wheatgrass, and spirulina. They say it takes 90 days for any vitamins to start working. Or is it that the egg/s you ovulate were produced 90 days prior? Anyways, I also started temping and using Fertility Friend to confirm and track my ovulation. In March I also bought raspberry tea leaves and dong quai from Chinatown and brewed and drank it for the first half of my cycle. I also used ovulation predictor kits and bought a ferning microscope. We tried for 6 cycles, and nothing happened. Finally, in April I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My TSH was 2.4, and although it is considered “normal”, I had read that Fertility Specialists like to see your TSH below 2, before they will treat you. So, I asked my primary care if we could try out a thyroid rx and she agreed to put me on the lowest dosage. I also took soy isoflavones (nature’s clomid) during my April cycle, but I didn’t get pregnant. At the end of April, my ob gyn performed an endometrial biopsy (which came back normal). She said since I had just started my thyroid rx, to take a break from trying to conceive. Once my thyroid is normalized, usually within a couple of months, to come back to see her and if I am still not pregnant, she would do a Hysterosalpingogram. Well, I knew that it would take at least 5-7 days to recover from the endometrial biopsy, and I knew my anticipated ovulation date would be right around that time and I may not even be able to try to conceive. For that reason, for May’s cycle, I decided not to take the soy isoflavones (I didn’t want to go through the side effects for no reason-why do that and then not even be physically able to try to conceive)? So I kind of looked at my May cycle as a “lost cause” and that I was taking a break. Ultimately, we were able to have sex the day before I ovulated. However, my temps were really rocky, both before and after ovulation, out of character from my previous month’s charts. I only temped for 3 days after ovulation, just to confirm my ovulation, because I was taking a break, remember? Those 4 temps after my ovulation were so rocky that Fertility Friend said it suspected that perhaps I didn’t even ovulate in May!! I was so freaked out! I thought that the soy isoflavones I took in April messed up my May cycle. I didn’t symptom spot during the two week wait, because I didn’t have any expectations AT ALL. On 12dpo, I tested using an internet cheapie, and it was negative.

OMG! IVF #1 Worked After All!! 41 and a Bun in the Oven!

Wow, I can't believe I get to post my BFP story here! I'm still finding it hard to think of the looooong journey it was just to get to this stage. A HUGE thanks to this site for feeding my obsession and keeping me going throughout the 2 years of TTC- ing, and the emotional roller coaster it is TTC. I met my husband late in life, and we started trying straight away...we were eventually diagnosed with unexplained infertility- which I call the "Limbo" period, where we came to terms with it. Anyway after a lot of frustration and emotions our first time IVF "nail biter" has brought us to this point, where I had my BFP today. Didn't have dramatic symptoms, and at times I doubted there was anything going on at all. I had itchy nipples, slight bloating that I thought was the drugs I was taking, tired and very emotional- which I took out on DH and he was pretty much the punchbag to my hormones (poor thing) Today- this morning I did a HPT because I wanted to be prepared for the blood tests and there it was- the plus sign! I still doubted it- and it wasn't until the nurse called with the news that I allowed myself to believe. Now I'm still in shock, but so happy and thankful... To everyone out there- never give up and don't loose hope. Its a numbers game, and you have everything to gain
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Three Times IVF, Two Plus Hopefully One More Time BFP!

I wanted to share my symptoms as I think this board has been so helpful to me! I had a 3 day transfer of 5 - 4 cell grade a embryos. I am 41 and hubby 38, unexplained infertility and endometriosis. Day 1pt- gas, bloated headache Day 2- same Day 3- same Day 4, 5 and 6 pt- cramping, dreams ,sore boobs Day 7- same as above but dark aeroelas and slightly more erect nips. Was preg but later lost baby after 8 weeks. Also did 5 day transfer I noticed a big difference between the symptoms of 3 day and 5 day transfers. The 5 day transfer I felt the cramping and pulling on the first 3 nights post transfer as well as fatigue and darker nips on 3 days past 5 days transfer. I know that progesterone also gives u the symptoms of pregnancy but u think I can tell the difference by now! As soon as I take a supp or the oil injection, I get cramping and fever of 99.5 approx shortly after but notice the times when I do not take it the cramping feels more of burning and pulling. Hope this helps. This turned into a chemical preg but am pleased that I did get preg. On to the next.... Am on my 3rd ivf, 3 day post transfer similar embryos to previous, all good to excellent quality but not many cells more than 5. Day 1, 2. Bloated, headache, gas Day 3 today. Bloated, creamy mucus, slight cramping but not pulling like the other times so worried may be the progesterone and not preg this time. I do know implantation doesn't begin until tomorrow for a 3 day transfer so fingers crossed. Good luck to all. It is so hard going through this but I know in the end it is going to happen with time and patience and love.

BFP at 44 Naturally!

Last year around this time DH and I fell pregnant on our very first try. Not to mention, we only had time that month to BD once! I was 43, he was 44. At 6 weeks it was found that I had a blighted ovum, however, we felt very happy that we were able to get pregnant in the first place. I have to say, that understanding how common miscarriages are and reading other women's experiences, was comforting. We were sad, of course, but not devastated. Our bodies can do amazing things, including determining when something is wrong and stopping the process. We waited a little while before starting to try again. The past 3 months we were really committed. On the third cycle, we are pregnant again! I have just turned 44. I decided to take the logical approach to being an older woman TTC. "Hey, I get my periods regularly and ovulate regularly as far as I know, there really is no reason I am not able to get pregnant. All it takes is one sperm and one egg." I understand the risks. I am not naive to the facts about egg life and "old eggs", etc., but I like to think of my eggs as mature and at a point in their lives where they really know what they want. ;) With this, I stopped reading the statistics. We are not statistics. We are individuals, so pay no attention (or do whatever you want as a grown up person. lol) So I just wanted to offer my story. If you are over 40 and want to have a child, it can be done naturally or with help, of course. And why shouldn't it be done when the parts are still working! Silly how much pressure women face with all areas of their bodies. I say, enough! Ok, I am done preaching :) It is still early. I am hoping this one sticks. If not, we will keep trying. Woman over 40 are just as viable as younger women TTC, except we are lucky enough to have years of experience behind us! That said, my symptoms are pretty strong right now. Bloating, a little cramping (no blood,) tugging, pulling sensation in belly, heartburn and so sleepy. In general I feel like I am just about to start my period (good times,) but I don't! I also believe I experienced implantation cramps 3 to 4 days before I tested positive. Further, I took the test a day too early and it said negative, so I waited one day after my period should have come and BFP! So don't get discouraged if you test early. Ok, I have gone on long enough. Good luck to everyone! I love all of the support on this site, thank you!